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Don't Freak Out 2013-14

By Tom Nicholas

November 22, 2013

Given the myriad of issues that have arisen with the Common Application this fall, and since our Richmond Scholars deadline is fast approaching – if you haven't heard yet, that's been extended to December 6 – I thought I'd follow in the tradition of previous years and tell all those applicants out there to take a deep breath and...


I know you're anxious, especially with some of this year's Common App glitches, but it takes us time to sort through the thousands of applications we're receiving. So don't pick up the phone to call us just yet. Here's what to expect after you hit "Submit" on the Common App.

1. You should very quickly receive a confirmation e-mail from the Common Application, telling you that your application was submitted to the University of Richmond. If you don't, you should go back into the Common Application to check things out and make sure you actually submitted it. But note that even after you receive this e-mail, it doesn't mean that Richmond has received (i.e. downloaded) or processed your application yet. (Think of the old days of paper applications. Dropping an application in the mailbox doesn't mean it's suddenly sitting in our office – it has to get there. So it is with electronic applications. We have to access the Common Application online and download everything that has been submitted, which we typically do once a day.)

2. Once we process your application, you'll receive an e-mail from us telling you we've got it. This usually happens within two business days of your submission. This e-mail will also list everything else, besides the Common Application, that is required for a complete application to Richmond. This doesn't mean we haven't received these things – it's a form e-mail that goes out to everybody, just as a reminder. To confirm that we've received everything, you have to wait for step #3.

3. About a week later, you'll receive a second e-mail from us, providing log-in information for BannerWeb, the online system where you can check the completeness of your application and see exactly what we have on file. For December 1 applicants, you can also confirm in BannerWeb that your application has been flagged for Richmond Scholars consideration.

If, after you have received all three of the above communications, you have any concerns or there seems to be something missing, that is the time to call our office. Even if it's a few weeks later, we can go back down the paper and electronic trails to get things sorted out. If there are any mix-ups, it won't be too late to fix them. And we'd much prefer to sort things out down the road, once the dust has settled, than try to answer questions now, when everything is still being processed and it's harder to track things down. So hold off a few days, relax, and trust that we've got you covered.

Questions? Post away.

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Tom NicholasTom Nicholas
Senior Assistant Director of Admission 

A Richmond alumnus (Class of 2007), Tom has been working and blogging for the Office of Admission since he graduated. He loves his alma mater and the city that shares its name.

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Beth Anne SpachtBeth Anne Spacht
Assistant Director of Admission

Beth Anne was a double major at Richmond (English and Latin American & Iberian Studies) and now enjoys helping prospective students discover the best of her alma mater.

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